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Ireland truly is a special country, and all the more so for golf lovers as it is home to many of the best courses in the world. Sam Snead, one of the greatest to ever grace a green, described Waterville as “the beautiful monster – one of the golfing wonders of the world.”

As well as Waterville, this golf tour includes rounds at Tralee, Old Head, Ballybunion, Doonbeg, and Lahinch. You will also get to explore ancient castles, marvel at Killarney National Park, and enjoy a well-earned pint of Guinness at Durty Nelly’s.

We will organise every aspect of your trip, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy playing the finest courses in Ireland.

Arrival & Departure Location:

Arrival: Dublin International Airport
Departure: Dublin International Airport (or Shannon Airport)

Duration:

9 Nights / 10 Days

Hotels

  • Cashel Palace, Cashel (1 night)
  • Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 night)
  • The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney (4 nights)
  • Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg (3 nights)

Golf Courses

  • Old Head Golf Links
  • Waterville Golf Links
  • Tralee Links
  • Ballybunion Links (Old Course)
  • Doonbeg Links
  • Lahinch Links

Points of Interest

  • Kinsale
  • Blarney Castle and Blarney Wool Mill, Cork and Kenmare, Killarney National Park (via Moll's Gap Mountain pass)
  • Dunloe Gap & Wishing Bridge, Ring of Kerry, Cahersiveen, Rossbeigh Beach, Killorglin
  • Guided hawk walk at Killarney Falconry, Adare, Durty Nelly's at Bunratty Castle
  • White Horses Spa

Included:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Green Fees & Admissions to all sites according to itinerary
  • Bespoke itinerary
  • Premium vehicle & Private chauffeur
  • Admission to all activities
  • Local guides where appropriate
  • Personal travel co-ordinator

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Dublin, Next Stop Cashel

Accommodation – Cashel Palace, Cashel (1 night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Dinner – Bishop’s Buttery at Cashel Palace

After touching down at Dublin Airport, your chauffeur will be waiting to collect you and help you with your bags into your luxury vehicle before making the two hour drive south-west to Cashel and your accommodation for the evening: Cashel Palace.

This exquisite Palladian manor, dating back to 1732, has been lovingly restored to the highest standards. This historic hotel seamlessly blends modern comforts with timeless elegance. The meticulously renovated rooms boast regal furnishings, offering a taste of aristocratic living, while the lush gardens and panoramic views of the iconic Rock of Cashel provide a picturesque backdrop for your stay.                         

This evening you will dine at the Bishop’s Buttery restaurant within the hotel. Cashel sits within Ireland’s “Golden Vale”, a bountiful area of farmland and pastures that produces many delicious treasures. And the team at Bishop’s Buttery are proud to work with local suppliers, taking their produce and carefully crafting them into dishes that will blow your mind. From roast quail and poached lobster to start, to wild Irish venison and roast monkfish for main, head chef Stefan McEnteer and his team pull out all the stops to make each dish a memorable culinary experience. With a vaulted ceiling and huge central fireplace, the scene is set for a delightful night of dining. Knowledgeable sommeliers will be on hand to advise on the best wine pairing for each dish.

After dinner, you can retire to the Guinness Bar for a night cap before getting a good night’s sleep before your first full day of touring begins in the morning.

Day 2Old Head Golf Links, Visit Kinsale

Accommodation – Hayfield Manor, Cork (1 night)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Play Old Head Golf Links, Visit Kinsale
Dinner – Orchids Restaurant at Hayfield Manor Hotel

After a terrific Irish breakfast your chauffeur will drive you to Old Head Golf Links for your first of many incredible rounds in Ireland.

Old Head is a truly remarkable setting to play golf. The course is set atop a 200 acre outcrop of land, with dramatic cliffs all around you and mesmerising views of the Celtic Sea. The layout is a harmonious blend of natural beauty and ingenious course design, creating an unforgettable experience for golf enthusiasts. Old Head is about as exposed to the elements as a golf course can be, so prepare yourself for the challenge of the ever changing winds blowing in off the sea.

The 17th at Old Head is a fantastic, if slightly daunting, hole. With a perfect view of the famous lighthouse ahead of you, make sure to keep your eyes on the prize as any wayward shots to the right will see your ball tumbling down the cliffs.

Next up today is a trip to Kinsale for a chance to explore this charming little town that is nestled against the shores of the Celtic Sea. Stroll through narrow, winding streets lined with delightful pastel-hued buildings housing independent shops and cozy cafes. The air is filled with the scent of freshly caught seafood from the renowned local restaurants. Explore historic landmarks like Charles Fort, standing sentinel over the harbour, or simply enjoy the picturesque harbour views. The lively atmosphere, warm hospitality, and rich maritime history envelop you, making every moment in Kinsale magical.

Your chauffeur will then drive you to Hayfield Manor Hotel in Cork where visitors are treated like family and staff go above and beyond to create an impeccable experience.

Tonight, you will be dining at the hotel’s Orchids Restaurant where the scenic gardens provide a backdrop to exquisite artwork and marble busts. Headed by Executive Chef Mark Staples, a skilled team meticulously prepares culinary delights like monkfish ceviche, roast butternut squash, and dark chocolate parfait.

Day 3Visit Blarney Castle and Blarney Wool Mill, Visit Cork and Kenmare, Drive through Killarney National Park, Visit Killarney

Accommodation – The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney (4 nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Visit Blarney Castle and Blarney Wool Mill, Visit Cork and Kenmare, Drive through Killarney National Park, Visit Killarney
Dinner – The Peregrine at Killarney Park Hotel

Day three sees you take a tour of some of Ireland’s most picturesque and charming areas. Up first is a visit to Blarney Castle for a chance to immerse yourself in Irish history. Dating back to 1446, Blarney Castle is home to the iconic Blarney Stone. Climb the ancient stone steps and kiss the stone which is said to give you the “gift of the gab”. There are also luscious gardens to explore.

Up next is a chance to learn more about one of Ireland’s oldest crafts at Blarney Woollen Mill. This family run business is passionate about supporting Irish designers and selling sustainable, ethically sourced wool products. A vital part of the local economy since 1823, why not pick up a cherished souvenir to remember your time in Ireland.

You will then explore Cork, Ireland’s culinary hub, starting at the English Market for a chance to try some tasty local treats. Admire St Fin Barre’s Cathedral’s 1260 sculptures and stained glass windows. St Anne’s Church offers lovely city views from a 37m tall platform, while Fitzgerald’s Park is the perfect picnic spot, completing a vibrant Cork experience.

You will then stop off at the town of Kenmare which has a wonderful brightly coloured high street framed by rolling hills in the background. Why not grab a coffee and have a browse of the many shops which make Kenmare a bustling, lively community.

On your way to visiting Killarney town you will pass through Killarney National Park, a haven of pristine lakes, ancient woodlands, and the rugged MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Mountain range. This national treasure promises awe-inspiring landscapes and serene tranquillity. Your chauffeur will be more than happy to advise on the best places to stop to snap a picture.

After exploring Killarney, famous as the epicentre of Ireland’s illustrious mining industry and brimming with historic charm, you will head to the Killarney Park Hotel, your home for the next four nights.

Dinner will be served in the hotel’s Peregrine restaurant where epic landscape paintings of Killarney’s lush landscapes adorn the walls, setting the scene for a meal to remember. Six and eight course seasonal tasting menus await you.

Day 4Visit Dunloe Gap & Wishing Bridge, Play Waterville Golf Links, Drive Ring of Kerry route including Cahersiveen, Rossbeigh Beach, and Killorglin

Accommodation – The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Visit Dunloe Gap & Wishing Bridge, play Waterville Golf Links, drive Ring of Kerry route including Cahersiveen, Rossbeigh Beach, and Killorglin
Dinner – Hannigan’s Bar and Restaurant at The International Hotel

It’s back to golf on day four. However, before teeing off you will pay a visit to Dunloe Gap and the Wishing Bridge. The Dunloe Gap is a narrow pass which was formed during the last ice age in Ireland and is the link between the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Mountain range and the Purple Mountain Group range. Be sure to bring your camera along for some shots of this stunning vista. Keep your camera handy as you visit the Wishing Bridge which crosses the River Loe and is said to grant the wishes of those who cross it.

Then it’s on to the main business of the day, tackling Waterville Golf Links. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course offers a captivating blend of links and dunes, with Atlantic waves as a scenic backdrop. Each hole presents a unique challenge, and the wind adds an unpredictable element to the game. Renowned for its pristine conditions and stunning views of Ballinskelligs Bay, Waterville promises an unforgettable golf experience, combining natural beauty and challenging play on this coastal masterpiece.

After finishing up your round, your chauffeur will take you on a drive of one of Ireland’s most popular and scenic routes: The Ring of Kerry.

Your route begins in Cahersiveen, where historic sites like Ballycarbery Castle stand tall and proud. You will then wind your way through picturesque landscapes to Rossbeigh Beach, a paradise of golden sands and Atlantic panoramas. The journey continues to Killorglin, famed for its Puck Fair festivities. Here you can revel in charming streets, explore local markets, and savour the vibrant atmosphere. Each stop along the Ring of Kerry reveals a tapestry of history, nature, and cultural richness, making the drive truly special.

This evening you will dine at Hannigan’s Bar and Restaurant at The International Hotel. With a large menu offering everything from BBQ chicken wings and Atlantic seafood chowder to Irish sirloin steak and avocado burger, Hannigan’s has something for everyone.

Day 5Tralee Golf Club

Accommodation – The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Play at Tralee Golf Club
Dinner – The Porterhouse

This morning you will enjoy a terrific Irish breakfast before heading to play a round at Tralee Golf Club. While Tralee’s history dates back to 1896, the present-day course was designed by Arnold Palmer in 1984 and has been a highly sought after course by golfers from around the world ever since.

This picturesque course hugs the rugged coastline of County Kerry, providing breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Slieve Mish Mountains across the water. Everywhere you turn on Tralee you are greeted with a simply incredible backdrop, making each hole a unique and enjoyable experience. Standout holes include 2 (The Cuilin), 3 (The Castle), and 8 (The Creek). No one doubts the genius of Arnold Palmer, and most agree that Tralee is his greatest achievement.

The ever-changing weather adds an element of unpredictability, ensuring a dynamic and memorable golfing adventure. Whether navigating the daunting dunes or marvelling at the coastal panoramas, Tralee Golf Club promises an exciting challenge amidst Ireland’s enchanting landscape.

There’s nothing like a round of golf for building up your appetite, and there’s nothing like a traditional Irish pub dinner to satisfy your hunger. This evening you will head to The Porterhouse in Killarney, a family-run pub in the heart of Killarney. With warm, welcoming staff and a relaxed atmosphere, The Porterhouse is the ideal spot to relax after a day on the course. Their wide ranging menu includes creamy seafood chowder, a 40oz ribeye Tomahawk, and an entire vegan menu which is prepared in their specially created plant-based kitchen.

Day 6Ballybunion Links (old course)

Accommodation – The Killarney Park Hotel, Killarney
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Ballybunion Links, Old Course
Dinner – The Peregrine at Killarney Park Hotel

Up next on this tour of Ireland’s finest golf links is the Old Course at Ballybunion Links. The original course was designed by James Mckenna in 1897. However, as the course sits right on the edge of cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, numerous refinements have taken place over the years to account for the impact of coastal erosion.

Aeriel photographs reveal the coastline has retreated 10-20 metres since 1951, a serious challenge but one that Ballybunion has met well and even used to its advantage. For instance, the 7th now poses an intriguing challenge for players who must steer clear of the right-hand out of bounds all the way from tee to green. As with other seaside courses on this tour, make sure to account for the strong wind blowing in off the ocean. Look out for the 11th which works its way down three levels before presenting you with a large natural bunker to the right of the green.

After a thrilling round, your chauffeur will drive you back to Killarney Park Hotel where this evening you will be returning to The Peregrine restaurant for dinner. Having tried the tasting menu, why not dip into the exquisite a la carte menu which features dishes such as dressed Dingle crab, dry aged Cronin’s fillet of beef, hay baked celeriac, and wild turbot.

Day 7Hawk Walk at Killarney Falconry, Visit Adare, Durty Nelly’s Pub and Bunratty Castle

Accommodation – Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg (3 Nights)
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Hawk Walk at Killarney Falconry, Visit Adare, Durty Nelly’s Pub and Bunratty Castle
Dinner – Ocean View Restaurant at Trump Doonbeg

This morning you are in for a special treat. As the sun rises, an extraordinary encounter awaits you at Killarney Falconry. You will embark on a captivating journey into the age-old art of falconry, where humans and these magnificent birds have forged a remarkable partnership for millennia. Prepare to be awestruck as these majestic creatures soar through the skies, performing breathtaking feats of aerial artistry. You will then have the chance to get up close and personal with these avian aces, feeling their powerful talons grasp your gloved hand in a moment of pure delight.           

Your next destination is Adare Village, steeped in 13th century history. Often hailed as Ireland’s most charming village, you’ll quickly understand why. As you stroll through the village, ancient thatched-roof cottages, charming churches, cobblestone streets, and the imposing Adare Castle transport you to a bygone era, painting a vivid picture of the past.

From there it’s time to quench your thirst with a crisp, cold pint of Guinness at Durty Nelly’s pub, one of the most famous pubs in Ireland. With a colourful history stretching back to 1620 when the original Durty Nelly welcomed weary travellers. Nowadays, locals and tourists alike rub shoulders in this iconic location which has welcomed many celebrities, including John Travolta. With live music sessions and a reputation for exquisite steaks and seafood, Durty Nelly’s gives you a true taste of Ireland.

After lunch, step outside and explore the adjacent Bunratty Castle which has stood here proudly since 1425. With a delightful little stone bridge crossing the river next to the castle, it’s the perfect photo opportunity.

This evening you will be staying at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg. After settling into your new surroundings, dinner will be served in the hotel’s Ocean View Restaurant. Winner of the 2017 best seafood restaurant in Ireland, why not savour some special seafood with pan seared Irish scallops, wild Atlantic salmon, or Irish halibut.

Day 8Doonbeg Links, White Horses Spa

Accommodation – Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Play Doonbeg Links, White Horses Spa
Dinner – Long Dock Pub

This morning you will make your way round the incredible Doonbeg Links. Dr Martin Hawtree designed Doonbeg with Norman’s “least disturbance” principle in mind, subtly weaving his way through the sand dunes to create a course which pays great respect to the natural beauty of the jagged Clare coastline. This philosophy helped give the course a quirky combination of five par 3’s and five par 5’s.

Having weaved your own way round the dunes, you will make your way to the White Horses Spa for an afternoon of sheer bliss. Choose from a wide range of luxurious treatments, before relaxing in the steam room, sauna, and thermal mineral salt whirlpool. After a tough day on the course, we recommend the muscle melt massage to rejuvenate your body.

Dinner this evening will be served in the Long Dock Pub, a family-run institution in the quaint village of Carrigaholt. From humble beginnings as a cow shed, Tony and Imelda Lynch have slowly but surely renovated Long Dock into the restaurant and bar it is today, building its terrific reputation along the way. So, relax and tuck into a taste of Irish tradition.

Day 9Lahinch Links

Accommodation – Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, Doonbeg
Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur
Activities – Play Lahinch Links
Dinner – Trump Bar & Restaurant at Trump Doonbeg

To round off your tour of Ireland’s finest golf links, you will be heading to Lahinch Links. Legendary Scotsman Old Tom Morris designed the original layout of Lahinch in 1894, with the 4th and 5th remaining in play to this day and providing a stern test of any golfer’s skill. Dr Alister MacKenzie, the architect of none other than Augusta National, re-worked the course in 1927, bringing his characteristic creativity to the course. The 6th hole is named “Paradise”, and as you take aim for the green looking out at the stunning vista of the beach, bay, and ocean beyond, you will certainly feel like you are in golfing paradise.

This evening you will be dining at the Trump Bar and Restaurant where such treats as West Clare smoked salmon and prawns, coconut chicken curry, and Thai baked seabass await you. As you enjoy dinner, reminisce about the day’s round with views over the 18th green and the cliffs in the distance.

Day 10Departure

Transport – Executive Vehicle & Private Chauffeur

After a magical time playing Ireland’s finest courses and creating memories to last a lifetime, your tour will come to a close.

Your chauffeur will assist you with your bags and whisk you off to Dublin or Shannon Airport, depending on your preference, where they will bid you a fond farewell.

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